POLICE DEPT. GOES GREEN WITH TONER-LESS TECHNOLOGY

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POLICE DEPT. GOES GREEN WITH TONER-LESS TECHNOLOGY

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    http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20090708/HAMMONTON01/907080319
    Police Dept. goes green with toner-less technology
    HAMMONTON
    N.J. — The town’s Police Department has implemented new technology
    that dramatically reduces operating costs and eliminates almost all
    paper and toner wastes.National Crime Information Center GREEN
    technology wipes out the need for continuous printing and instead
    creates readable files on an NCIC terminal.Up until now, every national
    and local broadcast message that came in to the local dispatch from the
    Criminal Justice Information Service was printed out separately on a
    single sheet of paper. Over the course of one year, this amounts to
    approximately 90,000 sheets of paper — the equivalent of 18 cases,
    which cost $594 — and requires nine toner cartridges, which cost
    $990.”We needed to replace our laser printer, which was estimated to
    cost $1,200 in addition to our ongoing operating cost for the volume of
    printer toner and paper that it would use,” said Computer Department
    head Nick DeStefano. “Ninety-five percent of the 90,000 individual
    printed broadcast messages had to be shredded by our dispatch staff for
    security reasons using another costly piece of equipment.”

    LawSoft’s
    new software was purchased for $2,250, so the paperless system is
    designed to pay for itself in less than two years.Police dispatchers
    agree, reading the messages from a secure database is far superior from
    a time and motion standpoint. Dispatchers are able to read through the
    large quantity of messages sooner because they don’t have to wait for
    them to be printed, and they can do so as they perform other functions
    at their radio console or work station.The Hammonton Green Committee
    commended the Police Department and the Computer Department for the
    effort to reduce waste, use less energy, save money and minimize
    negative effects on the environment.